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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 285
1 Christian Fittipaldi 285
2 Jordan Taylor 269
2 Ricky Taylor 269
3 Michael Valiante 267
3 Richard Westbrook 267
4 Gustavo Yacaman 253
5 Scott Pruett 250
6 Ed Brown 233
6 Johannes van Overbeek 233
7 Ryan Dalziel 228
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 228
7 John Pew 228
7 Scott Sharp 228
8 Memo Rojas 218
9 Joel Miller 198
10 Olivier Pla 172
11 Tristan Nunez 164
12 Sylvain Tremblay 133
13 Brian Frisselle
14 Eric Curran 124
15 Boris Said 117
16 Alex Brundle 113
17 Tom Long 18
18 Sage Karam 104
19 Katherine Legge 102
120 Max Angelelli 85
21 Brian Frisselle 84
22 Andy Meyrick 82
23 Sebastien Bourdais 67
24 Marino Franchitti 60
25 Tristan Vautier 19 58
26 HoPin Tung 57
27 Jon Fogarty 1 54
28 Gabby Chaves 16 53
29 Simon Pagenaud 52
30 Mike Rockenfeller 51
31 David Brabham 50
31 Scott Dixon 50
31 Tony Kanaan 50
32 Guy Cosmo 46
32 Klaus Graf 46
32 Anthony Lazzaro 46
32 Lucas Luhr 46
33 Justin Wilson 43
34 Byron DeFoor 41
34 David Hinton 41
34 Jim Pace 41
35 Wayne Taylor 33
36 Fabien Giroix 31
36 John Martin 31
37 Alex Popow 30
38 Roman Rusinov 26
38 Oliver Webb 26
39 Kyle Larson 24
40 Frank Beck 23
41 Ben Devlin 22
41 Max Papis 22
41 Bradley Smith 22
42 Jamie McMurray 21
43 AJ Allmendinger 20
44 James Hinchcliffe 19
44 Jann Mardenborough 19
45 Alexander Rossi 16
45 Sebastian Saavedra 16
46 Brendon Hartley 15
46 E.J. Viso 15
47 Memo Gidley 14
47 Alex Gurney 14
48 Scott Mayer 1 3
49 Pierre Kaffer 1
49 Darren Law 1
Homestead: Fogarty’s sixth 2009 pole

Grand-AM
Friday, October 09, 2009

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Jon Fogarty put GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing in the best possible position to clinch the team’s second Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Championships Friday when he won his fifth-straight pole of the 2009 season and sixth of the year in qualifying for Saturday’s season-ending Grand Prix of Miami.  The 2.5-hour sprint on the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway road course is scheduled to start at 1:08 p.m. ET tomorrow with live coverage on SPEED beginning at 1 p.m. ET. 

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Team and Driver Championship leaders, the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley with Fogarty and Alex Gurney at the wheel out-paced their title rivals for the second consecutive day at Homestead.  Fogarty set a new track record of 1:12.879 (113.613 mph) and closed out the season by winning half of the poles on the 12-race 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series schedule.  The series-leading run saw all six pole-winning efforts come in the span of the last seven races.

“It was a good run and we are definitely pleased to be running up front,” said Fogarty, who turned the pole-winning time on just his second qualifying lap.  “We knew we had to maximize our tires early in the run and I was able to do that and get a clear lap.  I was en route to maybe matching our time but we were keeping tabs on where our competitors were.  I didn’t want to put any more miles on my tires unnecessarily. We decided to pull it in a little early to give them a rest and save the tires for tomorrow.  It was a great effort from the whole GAINSCO Auto Insurance team and we are just looking to have a good race and make it exciting for the fans.”

Fogarty will share the front row with the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara of Brian Frisselle and Max Angelelli, GAINSCO’s closest championship challengers.  GAINSCO and its drivers have an eight-point lead in both the team and driver championship standings as well as a series-leading and unmatchable total of four race wins.  GAINSCO, Gurney and Fogarty have 309 points to lead both championships, SunTrust and its drivers are second with 301 points and the No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas is third with 299 points. GAINSCO can clinch the titles with a finish of fourth place or better.  Rojas qualified seventh in the No. 01.

“Certainly, with the championship on the line it is nerve wracking,” Fogarty said.  “We are approaching this as if we need to win.  It is so competitive and it is just a wild series and there is literally no margin.  Even though we do have the points lead we can’t assume that is a cushion. Anything can happen and we have a lot of quick cars here.  We are just going to keep ourselves focused and not try to let anything else get to us.”

Temperatures continued to soar to record heights at Homestead-Miami on Friday and the trend will continue for tomorrow’s race.  In addition to creating extremely hot conditions inside the closed Daytona Prototypes of well over 100 degrees, the unseasonably high heat has also combined with Homestead’s notoriously tough racing surface to make tire conservation a primary strategy concern for tomorrow’s race.

“We are in a good position for tomorrow but it is going to be a long hard race,” Gurney said.  “It is really hot and there are a lot of fast cars. The tire issue with the heat and this track is our biggest issue this weekend.  You are going to see cars sliding around a lot and it should be fun to watch the cars at the end of an hour-long stint.”

GAINSCO’s second fastest overall practice time on Thursday also beat out the SunTrust and Ganassi teams.

“We know who our competition is and who we need to manage and so far we have done a good job with that,” Fogarty said.

Fogarty also extended his lead as the all-time Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype pole winner to 14.

Results

Pos

Num Class Team Car Time Gap To 1st Speed
1. 99 DP Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley 1:12.879 0.000 0.000 113.612
2. 10 DP SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara 1:13.163 0.284 0.284 113.171
3. 12 DP Penske Racing Porsche Riley 1:13.237 0.074 0.358 113.057
4. 61 DP AIM Autosport Ford Riley 1:13.305 0.068 0.426 112.952
5. 95 DP Supercar Life Racing BMW Riley 1:13.421 0.116 0.542 112.774
6. 58 DP Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 1:13.745 0.324 0.866 112.278
7. 01 DP Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabates Lexus Riley 1:13.881 0.136 1.002 112.072
8. 90 DP Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote 1:13.979 0.098 1.100 111.923
9. 22 DP Alegra Motorsports BMW Riley 1:14.032 0.053 1.153 111.843
10. 45 DP Orbit Racing BMW Riley 1:14.110 0.078 1.231 111.725
11. 13 DP Beyer Racing Pontiac Riley 1:14.239 0.129 1.360 111.531
12. 60 DP Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 1:14.338 0.099 1.459 111.383
13. 55 DP Supercar Life Racing BMW Riley 1:14.387 0.049 1.508 111.309
14. 5 DP Beyer Racing Honda Riley 1:14.734 0.347 1.855 110.792
15. 59 DP Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 1:14.883 0.149 2.004 110.572
16. 2 DP Childress-Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford 1:14.979 0.096 2.100 110.430
17. 6 DP Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 1:15.061 0.082 2.182 110.310
18. 70 GT SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 1:18.848 3.787 5.969 105.012
19. 07 GT Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 1:19.227 0.379 6.348 104.509
20. 57 GT Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 1:19.554 0.327 6.675 104.080
21. 69 GT SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 1:19.799 0.245 6.920 103.760
22. 87 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:19.812 0.013 6.933 103.743
23. 30 GT Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 1:19.825 0.013 6.946 103.726
24. 48 GT Miller Barrett Racing Porsche GT3 1:20.069 0.244 7.190 103.410
25. 66 GT TRG Porsche GT3 1:20.330 0.261 7.451 103.074
26. 63 GT TRG Porsche GT3 1:20.936 0.606 8.057 102.303
27. 40 GT Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 1:21.132 0.196 8.253 102.055
28. 65 GT TRG Porsche GT3 1:21.195 0.063 8.316 101.976
29. 21 GT Battery Tender/MCM Racing Pontiac GTO.R 1:21.242 0.047 8.363 101.917
30. 32 GT PR1 Motorsports BMW M6 1:21.348 0.106 8.469 101.784
31. 86 GT Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 1:21.735 0.387 8.856 101.302

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